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Al Thompson interview, 2020-09-24

Identifier: dcpl_dcohc026_01.wav

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

D.C. Oral History Collaborative (DCOHC) is a citywide initiative to train community members in oral history skills, fund new and ongoing oral history projects, connect volunteers with oral history projects, and publicize existing oral history collections. DCOHC is a project of DC Public Library, HumanitiesDC, and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. This collection contains oral history interviews, transcripts, and indexes produced by DCOHC grantees.


  • Creation: 2020-09-24


Language of Materials


Biographical / Historical

Al Thompson is an award-winning bartender in Washington, D.C., who participated in the History of Black Bartenders lecture series held in 2019 at the Allegory Bar in the Eaton hotel. He is a native of Washington, D.C., who learned to bartend in the nationís capital and has worked at one of its most acclaimed bars, barmini, as well as other innovative bars and restaurants in Shaw and other neighborhoods.


From the Collection: 1.13 Terabytes


This is an individual interview of Al Thompson in which he discusses his D.C. upbringing, including his time in law school and his journey to becoming a well-known bar professional in the D.C. bartending industry. He also shares his views on hospitality and the evolution of the community of cocktail experts and enthusiasts in DC.

Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

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